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Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:43 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello From Somerset

Replies: 10

Views: 1110

Hello Martin.

:welcome:

Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:15 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Signmaker from Wellingborough breaks World Record!

Replies: 33

Views: 2758

Jillbeans wrote:John I should have ordered a Pu Pu Platter when you were here

Yes, we get similar here Jill. Not quite so many different things with it though. We tend to share them as a starter. I like 'em. :D

Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:49 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Signmaker from Wellingborough breaks World Record!

Replies: 33

Views: 2758

Re: Signmaker from Wellingborough breaks World Record!

Phill wrote: Wish I'd thought of that..must add it to my list of pranks to wind up Mr Normington :-?

You mean it wasn't you ringing Andy?

I'm disappointed. :P

Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:26 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Signmaker from Wellingborough breaks World Record!

Replies: 33

Views: 2758

Re: Signmaker from Wellingborough breaks World Record!

Andy Gorman wrote:11.34pm on a Friday NIGHT

Now, now Andy.

You ring them up at that time of night wanting feeding.

Sauce for the goose......

*rofl*

Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:25 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello From Middlesbrough

Replies: 8

Views: 1043

Hi Ali. :P

Fri Oct 23, 2009 6:45 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: The New HP Latex Inkjet Printer

Replies: 39

Views: 23063

Stuart Taylor wrote:a couple of open days that we are running at Nottingham.

Coffee?
Sandwiches?
Cakes?

:D :D :D :D :D

Fri Oct 23, 2009 4:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: ISO 9001 & ISO 9002

Replies: 10

Views: 1150

Do you think the milk and tea bags is purchased from an ISO registered corner shop or supermarket? That's almost what one of my larger clients, a FTSE100 company, told me. His words were, "what you sell us doesn't affect the quality of our own product, therefore we lump you in with the likes o...

Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How would you do this application???

Replies: 17

Views: 2188

Stuart Green wrote:LOL. :o its an interesting insight in to how people do things!!

So, what you going to do Stuart? :P

Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: ISO 9001 & ISO 9002

Replies: 10

Views: 1150

An absolute waste of time.

And not necessary

If a customer had a £65,000 order I might consider becoming ISO9002 registered again but, even then, if I'd got plenty of other work I wouldn't bother.

Fri Oct 23, 2009 2:24 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Can anyone help match a pantone colour?

Replies: 3

Views: 607

I'd go with Avery 706 Sunflower yellow.

Not exact perhaps, but good enough to use without asking the customer whether it is close enough.

Fri Oct 23, 2009 12:20 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: If the Internet disappeared tomorrow.

Replies: 11

Views: 1368

The internet is a bit of a double edged sword. It has made customers come to expect instant attention via email, and instant van drawings. On the other hand, without it, we wouldn't have access to the great UKSB resource. It ain't all sweetness and light but, on the whole, I think I'd rather have th...

Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:12 am

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: Summa D60 what's it worth

Replies: 9

Views: 5369

mine has been going for 9 years...no bother... That doesn't surprise me. We have run some serious amounts of vinyl through cutters and, although I have changed them for other reasons, I have yet to wear one out and have to scrap it. Every single one has been sold on and, as far as I am aware, is st...

Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:58 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Where to buy channel and bands?

Replies: 12

Views: 1510

I'm with Phill on this. (He knows it all that man! ) :D What's the point in having left over channel, clips, and worst of all, an expensive tool, cluttering up your workshop for the next ten years? Measure the posts and, if they are one of the standard sizes, buy just the number of clips you need. I...

Thu Oct 22, 2009 12:11 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Info on the Post Office strike please?

Replies: 15

Views: 1306

Paul Humble wrote:Ive seen 2 Royal Mail vans this morning, I thought the strike was nationwide.

We've just had our delivery. :D

Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:23 am

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: The New HP Latex Inkjet Printer

Replies: 39

Views: 23063

I wonder if the other manufacturers are going to respond? Mimaki UVJ ? Who wanted Print and Cut? Roland LEC-330. Only 30 inch though. This sort of thing would be great for streamlining production though. Print coming out of printer, straight through the laminator, then onto a take-up roll. Brillian...

Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:07 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How would you do this application???

Replies: 17

Views: 2188

Phill wrote:...err what was the question again :oops:

Bit early for you Phill? :P

Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:34 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How would you do this application???

Replies: 17

Views: 2188

well I could argue that you should have outsourced the print to a company with a 2.5m printer rather than have joins. Yes, I could have done that, but then we would have had the handling problems you mentioned. Of course, if we were doing trucks for Formula One teams, or somebody similar prepared t...

Thu Oct 22, 2009 12:18 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How would you do this application???

Replies: 17

Views: 2188

No, of course not Peter. There has to be sense and reason about these things, as well as the practicalities which you mention, but I don't think that that applies to graphics of the size that Stuart is talking about. Parked outside, ready for delivery tomorrow, we have a pair of Crafters with 3.9 me...

Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:45 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How would you do this application???

Replies: 17

Views: 2188

I'm going to disagree with those who disagree. :D I think it will be, if not exactly in-your-face, certainly noticeable, and every time the customer sees it he'll say, "that bl00dy Stuart Green did that". And maybe next time look for a supplier who can do the job without joins. I'd sub out...

Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:24 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Info on the Post Office strike please?

Replies: 15

Views: 1306

Hugh Potter wrote:what do you do about insurance?

Nothing. :oops:

Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:25 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Info on the Post Office strike please?

Replies: 15

Views: 1306

We've been using Fastway too. We have the odd late delivery (sorry Matt) and, in a fit of temper, I resolved to change carrier. However, thinking about it logically, I'm minded to stay with them. Their advantages are their low prices and minimal paperwork. Most other carriers have booked collections...

Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:13 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: saar past her test

Replies: 18

Views: 1164

Brian Little wrote:lifes a roller coaster

Yeah, you come down faster than you go up. :D


Better luck with this one Brian. :D

Wed Oct 21, 2009 9:47 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: New Workshop

Replies: 32

Views: 7497

Paul Humble wrote: im overrun with milk!!

Mmmmmmmm....Rice pudding. :D

Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:57 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: New Workshop

Replies: 32

Views: 7497

Nice one Paul.


Jillbeans wrote:I would have that messed up in about 2 days' time.

I can vouch for that. :P

Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What is the average shop fronts that signmakers do a month?

Replies: 12

Views: 1618

Martin wrote:I thought that was what I said John :lol1:

Yeah, you did. So did others.

Just reinforcing the point. :D

Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:42 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What is the average shop fronts that signmakers do a month?

Replies: 12

Views: 1618

John Harding wrote:better advice would be to stop writing in caps :-?

:yes1:

Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:38 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: lost driving license

Replies: 21

Views: 2129

Ahhh, children. Brought into this world to give parents a hard time. :D Well, whether he was doing ninety, or into three figures, doesn't really matter. He was deliberately speeding and should be told to take the consequences. As for lesson learned - I don't see it. There was no accident and nobody ...

Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What is the average shop fronts that signmakers do a month?

Replies: 12

Views: 1618

Re: WHAT IS THE AVERAGE SHOP FRONTS WHICH SIGNMAKERS DO A MO

Stuart Green wrote:WHAT IS THE AVERAGE SHOP FRONTS WHICH SIGNMAKERS DO A MONTH APPROXIMATELY.

Zero for me. :P

Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:14 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The X-Factor

Replies: 84

Views: 8005

Now there's an irony John........ a moving queue of very fast cars following the leader round the track in single file for an hour or so... with the most exciting part of the 'race' being when they come in to fill up with fuel is your idea of entertainment ??? :P You didn't watch yesterday's race t...

Sun Oct 18, 2009 11:23 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The X-Factor

Replies: 84

Views: 8005

Phill wrote:..says John who probably fell asleep watching "a year in Provence" :lol1:

No.

But I might admit to the odd snooze during this evening's Grand Prix. :D

Sun Oct 18, 2009 11:17 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The X-Factor

Replies: 84

Views: 8005

Phill wrote:There's nothing wrong with good old fashioned entertainment TV.

That's absolutely right Phill.

Nothing wrong with entertainment TV.

It's just that X Factor isn't it. :P

Sun Oct 18, 2009 5:13 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Signlab v's Flexisign

Replies: 24

Views: 7434

Nigel Hindley wrote:What additional software do you need to be able to cut from Corel?

Depends on your cutter Nigel.

Plug-ins are usually available for both Corel and Illustrator, free of charge, on the cutter manufacturers website.

Sun Oct 18, 2009 4:57 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Signlab v's Flexisign

Replies: 24

Views: 7434

One claim that was made in the past was that sign design software like Signlab and Flexi came with their own dedicated fonts that were supposed to be superior for use in vinyl cutting to the fonts that came with desktop design programs such as Corel. That's a point that is steeped in history Phill....

Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:49 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The X-Factor

Replies: 84

Views: 8005

Marcella wrote:compulsive viewing

:no1:

Doesn't sound like I'm missing much. :P

Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:12 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Signlab v's Flexisign

Replies: 24

Views: 7434

I'm with the boys on this.

My views on Flexi are fairly well known, and have been aired loudly and often. If you do a search you should find them. :D

My weapon of choice is Illustrator, but Corel will do the same job, and can probably be obtained a bit cheaper.

Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:17 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: can't seem to open an eps file someone has sent

Replies: 7

Views: 1909

Did you manage to open the file Matt?

Fri Oct 16, 2009 9:38 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: can't seem to open an eps file someone has sent

Replies: 7

Views: 1909

Got them open.

Now just need to save in a format which you can use.

Fri Oct 16, 2009 9:16 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: can't seem to open an eps file someone has sent

Replies: 7

Views: 1909

PM sent.

Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:17 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: can't seem to open an eps file someone has sent

Replies: 7

Views: 1909

The most likely thing is a corrupt file.

If you don't mind emailing it to me I'll see if it will open here.

Fri Oct 16, 2009 5:35 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Commercial building costs 2009/2010

Replies: 6

Views: 898

whereas in the real world (Private sector) costs are much much lower :-? I'm not so sure Phill. I've been in contact with a few tradesman lately - tilers, carpet fitters, carpenters, small builders, that sort of thing. To a man they quote the same old high prices they always did, and then go on to ...

Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:02 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Avery 700 kelly/forest green to 3M colour match?

Replies: 4

Views: 872

I don't know about Kelly Green, and would have to check, but we normally have a good stock of 711 Forest. I would be happy to send you five metres.

I'm going to be busy tomorrow, and could easily forget, so if you haven't heard from me by 9.30am, send a pm. :D

Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Metamark banner problem?

Replies: 20

Views: 2480

Where to start? If the product isn't up to specification, then you should send it back for a refund. Of course, your supplier should have done the same when it arrived from their source. The excuse that it is all the same doesn't wash. Send it all back and either get it replaced, or find another man...

Wed Oct 14, 2009 2:18 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: do you laminate on matt black vehicle wrap???

Replies: 3

Views: 1398

Lamination is only done to protect print. If it isn't printed, then it doesn't need laminating. Whether you choose to laminate for other reasons is down to you but...... If you want a thicker material to aid application, then why not just use a thicker matt black film? But really, there is no reason...

Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:06 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Mimaki CJV & Signlab 8 Help needed?

Replies: 22

Views: 10692

Does your machine band on low quality. Yes, it can band a bit on solid colours on low quality, but not to an unacceptable level. We were looking at that only yesterday, wondering whether to print a job at high quality, until Pete made the comment that, overall, on low quality the print was still be...

Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:22 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Mimaki CJV & Signlab 8 Help needed?

Replies: 22

Views: 10692

but thoroughly enjoying doing my own print. Yes, and the CJV is a very useful machine. I was looking at one when I called into I-Sub yesterday to collect some ink. Our problem is that we don't yet have enough print work to justify buying another printer to run alongside our JV33. If ever that day c...

Tue Oct 13, 2009 7:43 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Awkward customer.. What would you do?

Replies: 18

Views: 3663

I meant to add, just so that you know you're not alone, we are doing a job at the moment that is, how can I put it, "adding to our knowledge base". :D While I understand the adage about learning from your own mistakes, I think it much better to learn from somebody else's. Which is why I th...

Tue Oct 13, 2009 7:18 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Importing text

Replies: 8

Views: 1802

Am I missing something here?

What's wrong with cut and paste (?)

Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:57 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Awkward customer.. What would you do?

Replies: 18

Views: 3663

if you take on a job, best know how to do it, and provide a sample of the expected results for the client to sign off, not just assume all will fine. Not much help in this instance Myles, but absolutely correct. Whatever the outcome of this job, if you only learn that it will have been worthwhile. ...

Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:29 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Mimaki CJV & Signlab 8 Help needed?

Replies: 22

Views: 10692

Jo Grundy wrote: it is only compatible with Illustrater & Illustrator.

And Corel.

Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:34 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Mimaki CJV & Signlab 8 Help needed?

Replies: 22

Views: 10692

John, using signlab to print Not sure I can help you then Jo. We use Illustrator to generate artwork, and put registration marks on with the Mimaki Finecut plug-in, which must be 0.4mm thick by at least 10mm long. Then we print using RasterLink Pro, which came free with our JV33. Finally we cut, us...

Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:48 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Mimaki CJV & Signlab 8 Help needed?

Replies: 22

Views: 10692

Joe,

Are you using Signlab to print, or the RasterLink Pro RIP?

Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Layering vinyl- wet or dry?

Replies: 16

Views: 2343

Martin wrote:It is very easy to get all sorts of problems with bubbles if fitting a layered vinyl graphic. It is far better to take all the bits with you to site and build the job up as you go.

:yes1:

Fri Oct 09, 2009 2:46 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: off on a wee holiday!

Replies: 21

Views: 1762

Enjoy Marcie.

Fri Oct 09, 2009 2:41 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: suitable media for wrapping open face helmets

Replies: 4

Views: 1117

And you need to check on what effect your adhesive might have on the structural integrity of the helmet.

Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:58 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 10,0000 then and now 12,000 registered users!

Replies: 39

Views: 4048

Gary Birch wrote:Have you nothing better to do John :lol1:

Actually, yes, plenty to do.

And, when I can summon up a bit of enthusiasm, I'll do it. :D

Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:55 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 10,0000 then and now 12,000 registered users!

Replies: 39

Views: 4048

Cracked it.

Welcome aranki.

:D :D :D

Thu Oct 08, 2009 1:09 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: problems with application tape. vinyl keeps coming off.

Replies: 46

Views: 6358

Karl Williams wrote:And pyrex cracks straight away if placed cold water. So it's the same as taking the glass from one extreme to the other. To much heat...bang. Hot pyrex glass to gold water....bang.

I'll take your word for that Karl.

The kitchen isn't my area of expertise. :(

The dining room is though. :D

Thu Oct 08, 2009 1:02 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: problems with application tape. vinyl keeps coming off.

Replies: 46

Views: 6358

Oh yeah, I forgot......

On similar lines, borosilicate glass (Pyrex) has a coefficient of expansion of something like 30, as compared to the 85ish of the float glass used in windows and most bottles.

That's about a third of the expansion in Pyrex, which is why it's safer for use in ovens.

Thu Oct 08, 2009 12:51 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: problems with application tape. vinyl keeps coming off.

Replies: 46

Views: 6358

I believe that a heat gun will crack glass too, but only if it isn't used properly. On cold glass, a heat gun can cause a local expansion, if not held far enough away and waved around a lot to heat a bigger area. If not the hot bit of glass tries to expand, and it can't because the cold bit surround...

Thu Oct 08, 2009 12:19 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Hi all new here and hoping to make to make some buddies!!

Replies: 14

Views: 2076

I think any business, new or old, needs to offer credit. But only where a credit account is appropriate. That's when the customer has, or is likely to make, regular multiple purchases each month, and monthly accounting makes things easier for both parties. A one-off job, when that customer is unlike...

Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:37 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 10,0000 then and now 12,000 registered users!

Replies: 39

Views: 4048

Harry Cleary wrote:Should we have champagne and streamers and banners ready for no 12,000? :D

Since when did we need an excuse for a party? :D

Wed Oct 07, 2009 4:47 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 10,0000 then and now 12,000 registered users!

Replies: 39

Views: 4048

Martin wrote:only one now, John. Think I could register again and be number 12,000 :lol1:

I though you were number 2 Martin.

Jedi Knight and all that. :D

Wed Oct 07, 2009 4:23 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Reflective Viynl Questions

Replies: 14

Views: 1617

John Childs wrote:I suppose now is as good a time as any to find out whether it works on Macs. :D

Coo.

Yes it does. :D

Wed Oct 07, 2009 4:20 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Reflective Viynl Questions

Replies: 14

Views: 1617

Stuart Taylor wrote:As Rob would say ..... we're on the toolbar :D

Yeah, I guessed you might be. I've just spent the last five minutes looking for the sodding toolbar.

I suppose now is as good a time as any to find out whether it works on Macs. :D

Wed Oct 07, 2009 4:13 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 10,0000 then and now 12,000 registered users!

Replies: 39

Views: 4048

And now, a mere fourteen months later, only three more required to hit the twelve thousand. :D

Wed Oct 07, 2009 4:03 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Reflective Viynl Questions

Replies: 14

Views: 1617

Thanks for that info Stuart.

I'd better see if I can find your phone number. :D

Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:06 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Reflective Viynl Questions

Replies: 14

Views: 1617

I've spoke to william smith again this morning and it seems that the specification for Road Maintenance heavy vehicles under chapter 8 is for the chevrons to the rear in Class 1 3M Red Reflective and Yellow fluorescent at 150mm wide. covering as much of the rear as possible! Yellow fluorescent not ...

Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:49 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Reflective Viynl Questions

Replies: 14

Views: 1617

You could use the contact button on the left of the front page.

I'm sure that, if you give him the details, Rob would be pleased to re-activate your old account.

Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:23 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Window Perforation.

Replies: 7

Views: 1749

MilosV wrote:Agree with Robert. But lamination on the back window is almost required because of wiper - my opinion :)

Or you could do what I do, and take the wiper off. :D

A bigger problem for me with unlaminated is that all the holes fill up with dirt and looks horrible.

Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:43 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Bubble free vinyl Performance ?

Replies: 40

Views: 5030

I'll check in the morning and, if I didn't delete them, I'll post them up. Sorry Phill, I must have deleted the photos after they'd served their purpose. I'll need to be discreet, because I don't want to draw his attention to them, but I'll try to get another picture when next I see one of his vans.

Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:01 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Bubble free vinyl Performance ?

Replies: 40

Views: 5030

Phill wrote:John comment about "shrinkage has now got me worried though :-?

A good couple of mm all around the print. I took photos, to show to the supplier's rep.

I'll check in the morning and, if I didn't delete them, I'll post them up.

Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:46 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Greetings from Plymouth!

Replies: 11

Views: 1388

Hiya Rick. :D

Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:37 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Bubble free vinyl Performance ?

Replies: 40

Views: 5030

We tried a bubble free, from a very popular manufacturer, once. Not for our own benefit, but rather to aid customer fitting. It was applied to flat panels, so lifting wasn't a problem, but the amount of shrinkage, after only a very short time, needed to be seen to be believed. It took me back to how...

Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Hi all new here and hoping to make to make some buddies!!

Replies: 14

Views: 2076

Bit of a trade off really - no premesis means no direct overheads in one way, but travelling round more are overheads in themselves That's true John, but premises are a fixed overhead, whereas travelling is a variable one. For somebody starting up it may be that the variable, which is only incurred...

Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Insurance Work

Replies: 5

Views: 718

Like the others say, the customer pays you. Make sure that they are aware and agree to that before you lift a finger.

Exception - if you get an order from the insurance company, then you should invoice them.

Basically, whoever gives you the order pays the bill.

Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: problems with application tape. vinyl keeps coming off.

Replies: 46

Views: 6358

Re: problems with application tape. vinyl keeps coming off.

when wet applying vinyl on to windows my vinyl keeps coming off with the application tape. why is this?? That's an easy one. There is more adhesion between the app tape and the vinyl than between the vinyl and the glass. To reverse that situation you have got to apply the vinyl dry, or leave peelin...

Mon Oct 05, 2009 8:11 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign and Digital NEC 2010

Replies: 66

Views: 4945

I'm with you Derek.

I don't mind that holiday, who's name shouldn't be mentioned, when it gets here but ffs, we haven't had bonfire night yet. :(

Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:03 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign and Digital NEC 2010

Replies: 66

Views: 4945

I may well invite my man for next year.....but he'd probably have more sense than to come........all that in house trade talk He'll need a better excuse than that. Geoff Clinch seems to manage the trade talk with few problems. All the lovely ladies dragged along by some members seem to be fine also...

Sun Oct 04, 2009 2:51 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: My first car

Replies: 3

Views: 1427

That's fine Andy. I like the way you have kept everything parallel to the bottom of the door/sill line, although you might want to consider what effect that would have if doing a lighter coloured car next time, when the angled black rubbing strip would be a more prominent feature and draw your eyes ...

Sat Oct 03, 2009 2:53 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign and Digital NEC 2010

Replies: 66

Views: 4945

Marcella wrote:yeah that was the year me and Allison were bundled into the back of fat Bobs van!!!!!

Now that was funny. :D




But then I'm easily amused. :oops:

Fri Oct 02, 2009 2:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Finding the correct make/model of vehicles.

Replies: 11

Views: 1702

You obviously dont do a lot of work for builders/bricklayers, you ask them to take a photo and send it to your email and you may as well have asked them to jump through the eye of a needle. LOL. It's not just builders/ bricklayers, and their ilk, although I understand where you are coming from. :D ...

Thu Oct 01, 2009 10:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Finding the correct make/model of vehicles.

Replies: 11

Views: 1702

My reply above was a bit tongue in cheek, and perhaps things are easier for us because we are doing vans every day, and we are maybe more familiar with them than the signmaker who only does the occasional vehicle. However I still think that a photo, carefully compared with an Impact outline, will id...

Thu Oct 01, 2009 3:50 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Finding the correct make/model of vehicles.

Replies: 11

Views: 1702

Easy one.

Get the customer to send you a photo of his van - even one from a camera phone will do.

At that point, any signmaker worth his salt should instantly know what van it is. :peek:

:D :D :D

Thu Oct 01, 2009 10:43 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Friday Night thread

Replies: 46

Views: 5734

Erm by the way John....do you actually own a pair of grey checky slippers? Bog off Glenn. :D Actually, my slippers are a plain grey. :oops: :D ...I wasn't being ageist or anything :D Just in case you don't know what I was on about.... http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.php?p=342916#342916 Ah, ri...

Thu Oct 01, 2009 9:40 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign and Digital NEC 2010

Replies: 66

Views: 4945

Cheryl Smith wrote:it was my fellas 40th birthday and all you signees had to take a back seat....!

Was that the reason you didn't show up this year?

You really need to look at your priorities my girl. :D

Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Friday Night thread

Replies: 46

Views: 5734

Glenn Sharp wrote:Erm by the way John....do you actually own a pair of grey checky slippers?

Bog off Glenn. :D

Actually, my slippers are a plain grey. :oops:

Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:43 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Friday Night thread

Replies: 46

Views: 5734

I go away for a couple of weeks, and you lot start misbehaving. :oops:

Sun Sep 27, 2009 1:00 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: DSLR's - where and what to buy?

Replies: 12

Views: 2944

I've recently bought an Olympus PEN.

Not a true DSLR, and not particularly cheap, but takes fantastic shots without the size and weight of some of the other cameras mentioned.

Sat Sep 19, 2009 1:01 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Do i need to inform DVLA of colour change/graphics?

Replies: 4

Views: 816

Your insurance company should be notified, if only from a value aspect. It's the same as adding a couple of grandsworth of accessories. Occasionally some of my clients come unstuck with this in that they will only pay to replace a reasonable amount for graphics unless they have been notified, and in...

Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:08 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: visiting pisstburgh

Replies: 35

Views: 4204

It's Tommy's big day tomorrow, and hopefully he will get two years. Then the village won't need a patrol. :D

if you hear any news Peter, let me know please.

Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:20 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: visiting pisstburgh

Replies: 35

Views: 4204

Hopefully you avoided Ohio! Not exactly. As you suggested, we went down Beaver Valley. How could I NOT go to somewhere called Beaver Valley. :D Then we followed the Ohio River down to Huntington WV. Now a nice easy couple of days to Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry tomorrow night. I'm enjoying this...

Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:09 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: visiting pisstburgh

Replies: 35

Views: 4204

Many thanks to Jill and family for the warm welcome and hospitality.

For those of you who have been waiting with bated breath, yes, the crabcakes did live up to the billing.

Thanks again Jill

Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:55 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: visiting pisstburgh

Replies: 35

Views: 4204

Jillbeans wrote:About 59° and foggy just now.

That'll do me. They're talking of mid to high eighties in Gettysburg today. Time for JC to vacate the premises.

Jenny won't be so keen on 59 though, so we'll keep that our little secret shall we? :D

Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:32 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: advice needed on vehicle outlines

Replies: 15

Views: 3715

Drawings out by half a metre Karl? I wouldn't want to doubt your word, but that sounds a lot. Sure you've not got an extra zero on that? Surely the drawing wouldn't even look right? Impact are good, and a lot of our work involves doing drawings, cutting the vinyl, and sending it out for others to fi...

Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:04 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: advice needed on vehicle outlines

Replies: 15

Views: 3715

Couldn't operate without it.

Mon Sep 14, 2009 2:40 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: visiting pisstburgh

Replies: 35

Views: 4204

Jenny and I are looking forward to it too.

Hopefully the weather up there is a bit cooler than here. :D

Sun Sep 13, 2009 12:16 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: visiting pisstburgh

Replies: 35

Views: 4204

Jillbeans wrote:Well darn it you could ride 20 more miles north and come to see me!
:(
I would have taken you and Jenny out to dinner for a change, to a place that has excellent crab cakes.


Crab cakes?

Would you like to pm me your phone number? :D

Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:02 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: visiting pisstburgh

Replies: 35

Views: 4204

I did see the the Oyster House is in Pittsburgh Jill, but it's only a couple of hundred miles, and you might be surprised how far I'd ride for a decent oyster.

I can see why you like Gettysburg. I'm impressed.

Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Where to get an up-to-date Pantone Book ?

Replies: 10

Views: 1070

Its a pantone book with the pantone colour on the left and on the right the colour in the closet possible CYMK match using the offset inks or whatever press was used to create the book. It's good to show customers certain colours aren't possible to hit using a four colour process. Yeah, useful bit ...

Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:26 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Have you ever turned down a job due to the artwork?

Replies: 20

Views: 2667

Phill wrote:I went against my principles and did some signs for a local Labour party MP once :oops:

That's acceptable Phill.

Provided you charged him double the going rate. :D

Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:54 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Have you ever turned down a job due to the artwork?

Replies: 20

Views: 2667

Sorry Jason. I misunderstood the question.

I've never turned a job away on those grounds, but then we've never been asked to do anything very contentious. Certainly nothing that offended me personally.

Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:46 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Have you ever turned down a job due to the artwork?

Replies: 20

Views: 2667

Yes, I've turned a customer away because of artwork. The problem is that, six months down the line, the customer will have forgotten that he supplied cr@p artwork, or that you did the job cheap, etc etc. But he will go out to his van every morning and see a bad job, and remember that you did it. Wor...

Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Birmingham

Replies: 5

Views: 669

Hiya Paul. :welcome:

Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:24 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sometimes my ingenuity astounds even me!

Replies: 18

Views: 1702

You need to experiment George because not all reflectives will take ink. Our favourite reflective, APS 5R series because of it's conformability, is hopeless, but the printable stuff from Metamark works a treat. We haven't tried any others. Yes, we laminate, as we would with any print that goes onto ...

Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:16 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Shiraz, Gradients, JV-3 and In-Design

Replies: 16

Views: 6746

We always had problems getting a decent fade out of Shiraz on a JV3. No customer ever complained, but we weren't happy with them.

Changing to RasterLink Pro on a JV33 helped tremendously.

Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sometimes my ingenuity astounds even me!

Replies: 18

Views: 1702

Phill wrote:I was just in the mood to do a bit of boasting and you guys have to go and steal my thunder (puppy-eyes)

Show me a parade,

and I'll p1ss on it.

:D :D :D :D :D

Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:23 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sometimes my ingenuity astounds even me!

Replies: 18

Views: 1702

Chris Wool wrote:how long have you had that printer and only just found out it prints on to other colours :wink:

Printing red and yellow chevrons onto white reflective is our favourite trick.

Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:15 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Vehicle Wrap Design

Replies: 6

Views: 2508

Karen at ADS told me with the black solvent ink it's prone to pull out of deep recesses with it being more aggressive than the CMY. That's interesting Karl. We've got nine vans to wrap in black print next month so I'll have to look into that. For a change we've got plenty of notice on this job so w...

Tue Sep 08, 2009 4:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sometimes my ingenuity astounds even me!

Replies: 18

Views: 1702

So, next time you print yellow, you've got to get rid of the flush fluid first?

Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:13 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Vehicle Wrap Design

Replies: 6

Views: 2508

The best advice I can give you Ben, is to start with a black van.

As for the rest, meticulous cleaning and preparation. :D

Sun Sep 06, 2009 11:30 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printer/Plotter to print Posters and Vinyl for Exterior Use

Replies: 7

Views: 1774

Boz, It's difficult to offer sensible advice without knowing more about your circumstances. Are you established in this industry and have some kit already, or are you a complete newcomer starting from scratch? Do you already have a customer base for posters and shop displays, maybe subbing out produ...

Sat Sep 05, 2009 11:17 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Au Revior (in my best French accent!)

Replies: 9

Views: 1063

Enjoy Lorraine. :D

Sat Sep 05, 2009 9:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Interesting site

Replies: 8

Views: 1022

Dave Rowland wrote:hopefully hidden from Peter lol

Au contraire Dave. Pete hides it from me. :(

Sat Sep 05, 2009 9:35 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Interesting site

Replies: 8

Views: 1022

Where's me cheque book?

I fancy an offshore cruiser. :D

Sat Sep 05, 2009 9:34 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: My first attempt at wrapping a VW Beetle.

Replies: 97

Views: 18506

Bad news innit Karl? The trouble is that if you need his business, then you have to play by his rules. On the other hand, if you can mange without him, then you have the option to tell him to either treat you with a bit of respect, or to fek off and find another signmaker. Your call, and yours only,...

Sat Sep 05, 2009 10:22 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Hotel Text

Replies: 9

Views: 2507

I'm sure they could John, I suspect the macro only automates a carriage return after each letter. Probably. But it would also need to centre justify the text, otherwise it would look horribly misaligned. The reason I was surprised is that Illustrator has had that function as far back as I can remem...

Sat Sep 05, 2009 9:04 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Hotel Text

Replies: 9

Views: 2507

I'm surprised that Corel couldn't do that anyway. :roll:

Fri Sep 04, 2009 6:41 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Upgrading Browser, which one?

Replies: 24

Views: 1573

Found this.......

Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:37 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What do you think is a fair price for wrapping a Beetle?

Replies: 22

Views: 2815

My view is that wrapping has already been devalued by under pricing and very poor workmanship. I agree entirely, but we've had this discussion before. As I've always maintained, in any field, it's the people who are in first that make the big bucks. Those that bought vinyl cutters in the early eigh...

Wed Sep 02, 2009 5:18 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from France

Replies: 8

Views: 721

Hiya Fabrice, and welcome.

Rob will change your name for you, no problem.

And don't apologise for your standard of English. It is much better than my French. :D

Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:16 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What do you think is a fair price for wrapping a Beetle?

Replies: 22

Views: 2815

Yeah Karl, but why worry. Stuff making anything, just go into the contract fitting business. Chargeout at £720 and cost of £160 is a profit of £560 per man per day, or £2.800 per week. Employ five fitters and that's £14,000 per week for sitting on your @rse all day answering a few telephone calls. T...

Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:35 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What do you think is a fair price for wrapping a Beetle?

Replies: 22

Views: 2815

After all wrapping is supposed to a part of this game that's supposed to make good money isn't it? (Not) :-? Nah, not any more. There's too many people at it. :( We actually do very little wrap work because we keep getting undercut. Rob, good luck to you if you can get away with those prices. I'm t...

Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:08 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Torhout, Belgium

Replies: 7

Views: 832

Hello Birgen, and welcome.

I used to go through Tourhout quite often, on my way from Zeebrugge to Roeselare. Happy days. :D

Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: easymount sh 1580 good bad or ugly

Replies: 4

Views: 1010

Derek Heron wrote:hi all lost out on the easymount sh 1580

That's a shame.

We've got a 1400SH and it's a brilliant bit of kit. Much better than the Seal we had originally.

Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:48 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What do you think is a fair price for wrapping a Beetle?

Replies: 22

Views: 2815

Yeah, ok Karl, I understand exactly what you are saying, but we can't expect our customers to pay for our learning curve. They think that they are coming to an expert (well, that's what we tell them anyway) and that we know what we are doing. The extra time we take because we are learning isn't real...

Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:43 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What do you think is a fair price for wrapping a Beetle?

Replies: 22

Views: 2815

Karl Williams wrote:At £1000 realistically there isn't any room for profit.

No?

I didn't vote for £1,000, but I reckon your judgement is based on how long it took you, so let's do the sums.

How many square metres of vinyl do you reckon Karl.

Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:25 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What do you think is a fair price for wrapping a Beetle?

Replies: 22

Views: 2815

And do we assume that it is a one off, rather than a fleet of hundreds.

Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Off to LA

Replies: 16

Views: 1276

Have a great time John.

I think Marek was on the west coast, but not seen him here for a while. :(

Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:41 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Slough

Replies: 6

Views: 698

Hi Jymit. :welcome:

Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:06 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Failed appointments!

Replies: 7

Views: 803

Re: Failed appointments!

Phill wrote:The latest one happened this morning!!

More fool you for agreeing a meeting on a bank holiday. :D





It is rude and inconsiderate though. :(

Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: visiting pisstburgh

Replies: 35

Views: 4204

Jillbeans wrote:We will be there September 18th and 19th.

D'oh. Bad timing Jilly. We'll be there 12th and 13th September. :(

Sorry to hear about your friend.

Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:25 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: my first post of some of my work

Replies: 11

Views: 3662

Good stuff Paul. :D

Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:10 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Upgrading Browser, which one?

Replies: 24

Views: 1573

I have no problem with tabs. Just used to them I suppose.

Sun Aug 30, 2009 8:37 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Tartan PJs

Replies: 11

Views: 1010

Robert Lambie wrote:weird! was just talking to someone 5 minutes ago about Jammies. :lol1:

Scotsmen wearing jammies?

There's another illusion shattered. :(

Sun Aug 30, 2009 8:09 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Upgrading Browser, which one?

Replies: 24

Views: 1573

Karl Williams wrote:Maybe but when you're used to AOL anythings better.

Bloody hell Karl.

I had the same thing with Compuserve, but gave them the boot in 1996! :P

Sun Aug 30, 2009 8:00 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Upgrading Browser, which one?

Replies: 24

Views: 1573

Karl Williams wrote:I've just installed Firefox. Big difference in speed and downloads.

Nah.

For real speed, the latest version of Safari.

Makes Firefox look like a snail. :)

Sun Aug 30, 2009 4:11 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Upgrading Browser, which one?

Replies: 24

Views: 1573

Safari.

Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:19 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I'm still here.....

Replies: 48

Views: 4832

Martin Who?????

:D :D :D

Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:51 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Apply vinyl before or after bending the substraite.

Replies: 7

Views: 873

I don't think that a two inch bend over three feet is going to make any difference whatsoever.

Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:43 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello All from London.

Replies: 18

Views: 3058

Hi Ezekiel. :welcome:

Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Rant - Coporates Just Rude!

Replies: 5

Views: 587

That sort of thing isn't confined to corporates Tim.

That's the system, even down to the lad that wants a sticker for his Corsa.

Always been that way, and always will I reckon.

Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Microsoft in bother again.

Replies: 7

Views: 854

Re: Microsoft in bother again.

Harry Cleary wrote:but isn't that an Imac/Apple on the table with the logo removed???

The laptop certainly looks like an Apple Powerbook.

I've no idea what the desktop one is, but it isn't any Apple that I recognise.

Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:46 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Nottingham

Replies: 13

Views: 1390

Hiya Chris. :welcome:

Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: what colour of new van should I go for?

Replies: 14

Views: 1406

I would differ from my learned colleagues on this one. I reckon that used van sales pitches are full of any number of white vans, therefore a coloured one would sell quicker, and therefore have a higher value. The only fly in the ointment is that if ever you want a second van you will waste a lot of...

Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:51 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I'm still here.....

Replies: 48

Views: 4832

Hiya Andy.

Good to see you back mate. :D

Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:29 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: best felt squeegee recomendations

Replies: 17

Views: 2698

Peter Normington wrote:you ready to cross the pond John? it's sometime soon is it not?

Soon Peter, soon. But not soon enough. :P

A couple of weeks to go yet.

Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: best felt squeegee recomendations

Replies: 17

Views: 2698

The boys here prefer 3M Gold with a bit of denim cut from and old pair of jeans stuck with double sided tape to one edge.

It depends on the job, of course, but, as an all-rounder, they say that Wranglers are better than Levi's. :P

Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:06 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: DIY Vinyl remover..from glass ?

Replies: 10

Views: 1400

I'd be very careful with a heat gun on glass anyway.

Just too east to crack with localised expansion.

Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:54 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: H&S & The Mumps

Replies: 1

Views: 403

My daughter had the same when she broke her wrist last winter.

She was quite happy to go to work and do what she could with one hand, but her employers wouldn't let her. Apparently, for anyone who is signed off, the employer's liability insurance is invalid.

Fri Aug 21, 2009 6:53 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: john bruce: signage assortment

Replies: 6

Views: 1999

Some nice stuff there John. :cool:

Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:32 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Solvent Waste?

Replies: 33

Views: 8849

Dave Rowland wrote:sell it as something i bet.

Glue and paint remover maybe? :D

Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:50 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: visiting pisstburgh

Replies: 35

Views: 4204

Thanks for that info Jill. Most useful. Unfortunately we can't take up your recommendation for the b&b as we already have a booking in the Travelodge for the 12th/13th September. I made that out of desperation, after googling until my eyes hurt, and finding that place after place was fully booke...

Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:25 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: visiting pisstburgh

Replies: 35

Views: 4204

Jillbeans wrote:Plan to stop in Gettysburg on the way back home.

Great. Let me know what to see.

Jenny and I will be there next month. :D

Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:17 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: One Way Vision Problem

Replies: 6

Views: 1005

Hiya Dan. Daylight or artificial light doesn't matter. What's important is that there is more light on one side than the other. That's why mirror / contravision / slit vinyl works on vans. It's dark inside and light out. We have mirror film on an office window and during daylight hours we can see ou...

Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:39 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: help with installing range extender please

Replies: 18

Views: 5796

You're spot on there Ruairi. Although fed from the same main circuit board, my workshop and house are on separate circuits and the mains network thingies don't work. My experience of wifi is that it either works, or it doesn't. And if it doesn't, then no amount of directional aerials or re-positioni...

Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:16 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I am so angry.....

Replies: 36

Views: 3687

If I read this right Mike, nothing here is accidental, it was a deliberate destruction spree because he didn't get his own way. Kids get up to all sorts of mischief, but this is serious and, in my opinion, drastic action is required. If he were mine, I'd tell him that if he wasn't satisfied with how...

Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:14 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you leave your mark on jobs that you have done?

Replies: 12

Views: 1260

We are a bit different because most of our work is not for the end user, rather for an intermediary, like a leasing company. We like to put a sticker on because it tells repairers where to get replacement decals and some of our clients permit this, but most don't. If we can do it, they always go in ...

Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:31 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: CS1 and 9.0- what the difference and are they compatible?

Replies: 9

Views: 4578

Hi Emma. As John says, you might get problems when clients send you files saved in a version later than the one you have installed, but I find that it doesn't happen very often and, when it does, there is usually a way around it. Whatever versions of Adobe software you use, always save down to the l...

Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:33 am

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: will graphtech EC1000-60 work with a Mac?

Replies: 3

Views: 2508

Re: Graphtech EC1000-60 & Mac

anyone been through this before. Yes. I was trying to run an FC7000 from a Mac Mini, via Illustrator CS2, and it just wouldn't have it at all. I was eventually told (and bear in mind that it may have changed in the two years since then) that there was a problem with the Mac version of Cutting Maste...

Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:53 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Colchester and thank you

Replies: 14

Views: 1363

Hello Ainsley. :D

Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:52 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Happy Birthday ROBERT LAMBIE

Replies: 45

Views: 3305

I'm late, as ever, but hope you had a good day. :D

Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:39 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Help Checking Pantone to CMYK Please !

Replies: 14

Views: 3494

A bit late, but my Color Bridge says

c100 m58 y9 k50

As printed in the swatch though, it's a bit dark, so I'd be inclined to go with George's k42

Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: car dealers taking the mick

Replies: 18

Views: 2127

Ian Johnston wrote:definition of a FIAT

Fix It Again Tomorrow :lol1:


And, along the same lines...

LOTUS

Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious. :D

Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from the Kingdom of Fife

Replies: 13

Views: 1531

Hello Andrew. :welcome:

Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:45 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Is Low Carbon /Environmentally Friendly Important

Replies: 14

Views: 1298

Brian Hays wrote:Always put off then? :lol1:

Not always Brian. Just usually. :(

Mon Aug 10, 2009 12:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Is Low Carbon /Environmentally Friendly Important

Replies: 14

Views: 1298

You're asking the man who's just bought a 4.6 litre Range Rover. *rofl*

Seriously, if it's worthwhile, then I'm all in favour, but one sniff of anyone jumping on the eco bandwagon, or eco bullshit, puts me right off them.

Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:01 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Date imprint removal from photographs

Replies: 15

Views: 1196

The Softorbits one looks good.

It says that it will remove watermarks as well, so that blows one artwork protection theory. :D

Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:13 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Today Part wrap

Replies: 11

Views: 2569

Certainly eyecatching Warren.

Another brilliant job, and I take my hat off to you.

Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:59 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: proud mum

Replies: 29

Views: 1830

Well done Emily.




Marcella wrote:and before you say anything, she gets her brains from her dad!

As long as she got her looks from you. :D

Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:36 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: What I did today...70' in the air!

Replies: 31

Views: 17161

Not a job for me. :D

Nicely done Jill. :D

Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The Haggis is English

Replies: 30

Views: 1822

Hugh Potter wrote:I think that's him John, did you see the docu?

No, didn't see that.

I listened to a dramatisation on Radio 4 one wet afternoon. Sometime about July 1971, as I recall. *rofl*

Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The Haggis is English

Replies: 30

Views: 1822

Hugh Potter wrote:i forget the guys name who first proved that washing hands etc prevented many deaths in hospitals

Ignaz Semmelweis - an Austro-Hungarian.

Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:05 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Promotional merchandise suppliers any recommendations?

Replies: 6

Views: 1295

I don't know if their prices are competitive, but we've had a few items from http://www.hotline.co.uk

We've been happy with the quality.

Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:45 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Evacuation procedure

Replies: 6

Views: 582

Re: Evacuation procedure

We need to install some evacutation signs at our local recycling centre to tell the public and employees where to go incase of fire - is there any legality on size of sign , colours , wording etc... all i have is a map of the site and where to put the signs i am thinking of putting a you are here m...

Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:39 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: what material can I use for table top protection ?

Replies: 5

Views: 800

How about tablecloths? :-?

Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Health & Safety Inspections

Replies: 12

Views: 1177

You may have read in the papers recently about Corby Council being found guilty of causing birth defects in some youngsters by cutting corners when cleaning up the site of the old steelworks and releasing toxins into the air. Whether they have to pay out depends on further legal manouvering, but my ...

Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:48 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: how do i make bullet points using a PC

Replies: 5

Views: 2084

Re: Bullet points using a PC

Jeremy Howes wrote:When typing text on the Mac I press 'Alt8' to create bullet points

Ha! Over 20 years on a Mac, and I didn't know that. :)

That'll save me loads of aggro getting bullet points from a symbols font.

Thanks for the tip.

Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:36 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Off to Portrugal

Replies: 13

Views: 1137

George Elsmore wrote:fantastic thanks Harry nice and brown with just a bit of white where the speedo's were :cool:

Thank you for planting that image in my mind George. :(

Glad you enjoyed it. :D

Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:43 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Health & Safety Inspections

Replies: 12

Views: 1177

There is a distinction between the HSE and the council. I don't know what the master plan is, but I get the impression that to hoover up into the net all those businesses that aren't registered with the HSE, and of whom they have no knowledge. The council, of course, have more complete lists through...

Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:38 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Do you sit down with a client to design?

Replies: 54

Views: 16066

Well, what I've learned here is that we all have our own procedures, which can vary from minute to minute, depending on how busy we are, what the local competition does, how much we need the work, whether we like the look of the customer, and a myriad of other factors. And that's how it should be. :D

Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:12 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Advice needed on cutter for new business please

Replies: 34

Views: 15661

As my learned colleagues have said above Emma. Stick with known and respected makes of cutter. Roland, Mimaki, Graphtec, Summa etc etc. The only time anyone should buy a Chinese machine is when they seriously don't have the money for a proper cutter, and have the spare time to deal with all the prob...

Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:01 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: best way to lay out design for vehicle wrap

Replies: 11

Views: 3730

Gareth Lewis wrote:What does one do when going over the 'new' method of van panel join (the silicone type line that is present if the sliding door option is not)?

Does one keep going or stop, then start again? And are there any comebacks in the future if one does just go over it?

If in doubt - Cut it out. :D

Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:12 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: best way to lay out design for vehicle wrap

Replies: 11

Views: 3730

I'd certainly want to miss recess corners Gareth.

Also, where the size of van permits, I try for no overlaps at all. Get the vinyl joins to fall on joins in the bodywork. That sometimes uses a bit more material, but looks so much better.

Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:44 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: How can i imrove the tracking on my graphtec CE5000-120

Replies: 10

Views: 3783

The clue's in the first post Lynn. :D

Unless Liam bought a used machine. :oops:

:D

Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:12 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: A question about path directions

Replies: 6

Views: 2888

Don't think so Liam.

Path direction is not something I've ever worried about.

Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:11 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: How can i imrove the tracking on my graphtec CE5000-120

Replies: 10

Views: 3783

Not likely to be cutting strip Lynn, or dirty rollers, as Liam's Graphtec is only a month old. Unless it's had some serious abuse. :D

I'd be inclined to look at the blade offset first.

Sat Aug 01, 2009 4:47 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can someone help with fitting large sheet of vinyl please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1176

Adele Brennan wrote:This is the 1st time i have had to lay full sheets on. Assumed it would be easier..

It's not difficult Adele, especially at only 6 x 2. Even I could manage that size, and that's saying something. :D

Practice, and it will come quickly.

Sat Aug 01, 2009 4:37 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Using an old HP pen plotter to cut vinyl

Replies: 28

Views: 11422

what the stitch you up then bind and gag you model. No, not that one. They never got me far enough into their jaws to work that. I mean the one where they tried to sell me a cutter that would only work with vinyl that they supplied. :o That didn't appear anywhere in their sales patter. Over twenty ...

Sat Aug 01, 2009 2:46 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Using an old HP pen plotter to cut vinyl

Replies: 28

Views: 11422

it was anything in them days not to buy the spandex 4B.: :yes1: I didn't like the Spandex business model, and determined not to buy equipment from them at almost any price. It's a pity really because if I hadn't still got that impression of them in the back of my mind, I might buy more material fro...

Sat Aug 01, 2009 2:18 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can someone help with fitting large sheet of vinyl please?

Replies: 6

Views: 1176

If you're having problems, and a tight deadline, then do it any way you can.

If that's wet, then so be it. :D

Dry is better though so, when you've got a bit of time, practice and be ready for next time.

Sat Aug 01, 2009 2:11 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Using an old HP pen plotter to cut vinyl

Replies: 28

Views: 11422

You were a cheapskate Chris, my first cutter, an Aristo AG50 Signline, cost me £5,750 plus VAT. Although it was sprocketed and tangential, so maybe a bit costlier than the average. In somebody else's hands it is still turning out cut vinyl today. Doug, My cutters allow for the initial random orienta...

Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:27 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Using an old HP pen plotter to cut vinyl

Replies: 28

Views: 11422

¿Qué? :-? What Chris is saying is that a curve is not plotted by one steady smooth flow, but rather made up of lots of very short straight lines. That shouldn't matter on larger stuff because the blade doesn't lift between those segments but, like Chris says, it will struggle to cope with smaller r...

Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:16 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: OT - Pressure Gauges - English Manufactures

Replies: 16

Views: 1522

Peter Normington wrote:I thought Lucas went into liquidation last year?

I don't know Peter, I lost track of them after the merger with Varity, but it would depend on which bit of Lucas we are talking about.

Also lifted from Wiki......

Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: OT - Pressure Gauges - English Manufactures

Replies: 16

Views: 1522

Tony Teveris wrote:So does any one know if the above mentioned manufactures are still around?

C.A.V. was swallowed up by Lucas, and is now part of Delphi Inc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucas_Industries

Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:00 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: If you go over your expected install time do you charge?

Replies: 17

Views: 1437

A quote is a quote. A firm price.

Anything else is only an estimate, and even then your customers should be made aware of the possible pitfalls and factors that will affect variation. Then they can make an informed decision on whether to accept your estimate, or go elsewhere.

Fri Jul 31, 2009 10:55 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Using an old HP pen plotter to cut vinyl

Replies: 28

Views: 11422

Sorry Doug. Can't help you with that. :(

I know that you can use vinyl plotters with a pen, but I'm not sure that it will work the other way round.

Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:38 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: is it possible to lease larger equipment?

Replies: 8

Views: 1605

OK Jason, I understand now. I just got confused because you said it was hire purchase, then went on to say that you could pay off the lease. In the UK, if you want to settle hire purchase early, you don't have to pay the entire amount of interest for the whole period of the loan - only that part for...

Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:40 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: is it possible to lease larger equipment?

Replies: 8

Views: 1605

Jason Xuereb wrote:We Hire Purchase all our equipment and we can pay the lease out to own the equipment outright .

Which is it Jason? Hire Purchase or Lease?

They're two completely different animals.

Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:48 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Is this a good price and spec for a new computer?

Replies: 36

Views: 11940

Lorraine Clinch wrote:It's also a bit weird having a widescreen-things appear a bit stretched

It shouldn't do that Lorraine.

Have you got the screen resolution set correctly?

Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:54 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Moving units etc.

Replies: 6

Views: 955

Rather you than me David. I would dread having to move again.

Good luck with it, and I look forward to seeing the pictures.

Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:45 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: is it possible to lease larger equipment?

Replies: 8

Views: 1605

Leasing, Contract Hire, Hire Purchase, Personal Loan, etc etc. No matter how they dress it up to make it look more attractive, they are just different names for borrowing money. The difference, as Peter says, is that with Leasing and Contract Hire, the machine belongs to the finance company, and the...

Wed Jul 29, 2009 4:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 206 Dash Warning Light

Replies: 83

Views: 5853

Phill wrote:The warning light has been diagnosed as being caused by a faulty catalytic converter. This needs to be replaced.


....does anyone actually care though :-?

The MOT inspector might, next time it needs testing. :D

Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: is it wise to supply a proof with quote or not?

Replies: 44

Views: 3571

Good, long standing, regular customers with a credit account are something else, but for the normal retail customer it's not a matter of whether you need their deposit to buy materials, it should be their demonstration of good faith.

Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: how do you advertise your sign business?

Replies: 22

Views: 2458

is anyone a member of the Federation of Small Businesses? Yes. Generally I think it's a good thing, helping to get the voice of small business to those wooden headed pillocks that run this country. On a more specific level, you need to look at the benefits of membership, see which ones are of value...

Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:18 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: is it wise to supply a proof with quote or not?

Replies: 44

Views: 3571

(This time is unpaid for if you don't actually get the job so you will have worked for nothing). And that's if you do that work yourself. It's even worse if you employ people to do it. Then you have to pay them on Friday, and no income to do it with. However, for an existing customer with a trading...

Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:06 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: is it wise to supply a proof with quote or not?

Replies: 44

Views: 3571

These days its a matter of just giving them a quote after extracting as much info from them as possible My time is valuable and I don't have a lot of it to be doing drawings If they think my quote is fair they normally get back to me Then I can start to put a few ideas together for them At the end ...

Tue Jul 28, 2009 9:14 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 206 Dash Warning Light

Replies: 83

Views: 5853

Phill wrote:Honest - it really happened :-?

I believe you Phill.

During my time in the trade I came across many things like that. I should write a book. :D

Mon Jul 27, 2009 12:17 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 206 Dash Warning Light

Replies: 83

Views: 5853

I've been working on cars since I was a teenager - I enjoy it - it's my hobby. That'll be the difference between us then Phill. I did seventeen years in the motor trade and got heartily fed up with it. Customers always whingeing about how much they got charged for a "two minute" job was j...

Sun Jul 26, 2009 8:45 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Cannot convert font to curves

Replies: 8

Views: 2195

Adriano Fantini wrote:Sounds like it's only the screen fonts you have and not the printer font.

:yes1:

Sun Jul 26, 2009 8:43 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 206 Dash Warning Light

Replies: 83

Views: 5853

Phill wrote:I'm gonna give the car a full service on Saturday. This will include fitting new plugs and filters.

How did it go Phill?

Light on, or light off?

Sat Jul 25, 2009 8:11 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: roll on friday night

Replies: 38

Views: 1950

am thinking about going back to the Redneck bar tonight. :wink: I think maybe you'd better reserve me a bar stool tonight Jill, I might be turning into a redneck. This week I bought a gun cabinet for the back of my truck. :o Actually, I bought it because I liked it. It's very well constructed with ...

Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 206 Dash Warning Light

Replies: 83

Views: 5853

Paul Humble wrote:garages have charging obscene amounts for "Diagnostics" when it takes literally 2 minutes to do.

You've obviously never run a workshop then Paul? :D

Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:01 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Moving over to a Mac......Probably!

Replies: 29

Views: 9966

Peter Normington wrote:obviously not the case then :D

Nice try, but you're not winding me up tonight. :D

Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:25 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Moving over to a Mac......Probably!

Replies: 29

Views: 9966

Because I would have run run Windows under emulation for the RIP, which rather destroys the point.

Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:24 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: roll on friday night

Replies: 38

Views: 1950

Take a day off Peter. Take Lynn some where nice.

Jenny and I are going to the Game Fair at Belvoir Castle tomorrow.
http://www.gamefair.co.uk

I'm thinking of buying a new shotgun but, knowing my luck, I'll probably come back with a pair of ferrets. :D

Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:14 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Moving over to a Mac......Probably!

Replies: 29

Views: 9966

With Macs you get a lot less hassle. No problems with drivers conflicting with each other and no compatibility glitches. Unlike the pigging PC that runs our JV33 that can't run in hi-res screen mode for more than a couple of days at a time without reverting to lo-res. Whatever you plug in to a Mac j...

Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:17 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 206 Dash Warning Light

Replies: 83

Views: 5853

*rofl*

Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:57 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Vat calculator

Replies: 10

Views: 1649

Gary Birch wrote:as only yesterday my trainee was asking how to work it back

What do they teach them in schools these days? :banghead:

Your trainee should be telling you how to do it. :D

Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:12 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 206 Dash Warning Light

Replies: 83

Views: 5853

I just think £65 is a rip off for a diagnostic check which will only take 5 minutes. But isn't that what some of our customers say about us? We're a rip-off because we want to charge them £60.00 for a design which "will only take five minutes". We tell them that they're paying for knowled...

Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:34 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Off to Portrugal

Replies: 13

Views: 1137

Enjoy yourself George.

Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:33 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: 206 Dash Warning Light

Replies: 83

Views: 5853

I'd take it to a professional. :D

Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:28 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can anyone advise me with making large signboards?

Replies: 15

Views: 1757

hang on.. the europoint robert horne deal is now 'done'? so i can order oracle vinyl via robert horne? Don't think so Dave. My understanding (might be wrong) is that, although it comes out of the same warehouse on the same truck, you still need to order from the appropriate company. I don't underst...

Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:59 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: H&S signs (Standard colours?)

Replies: 7

Views: 910

John Harding wrote:the only time colour is critical is when some nobby designer gets involved :D

Very succinctly put John. :D

Wed Jul 22, 2009 6:08 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Happy birthday Jill!!

Replies: 27

Views: 1515

Happy Birthday to both. :D

Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:20 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Henry Allingham dies, ages 113yrs old....

Replies: 17

Views: 1503

Hugh Potter wrote:maybe we should try and organise a trip out then?

Good idea. I'd be up for that, but would need it to be next year.

I'm already booked for a weekend in Verdun in August, family holiday in September, and Ypres in November (unfortunately not for Armistice Day this year though). :(

Sun Jul 19, 2009 10:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Bonjour from Paris

Replies: 14

Views: 907

Eat, drink, and be merry.

Well, that's what I'd do.

:D

Sun Jul 19, 2009 5:26 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Henry Allingham dies, ages 113yrs old....

Replies: 17

Views: 1503

I've always wanted to go to the WW1 cemetaries and memorials So why haven't you done it Hugh? It's only a three hour ride, plus a ferry crossing, from here to Ypres, and you're even closer than that. I usually go four or five times per year, most recently a weekend to Mons a fortnight ago. Photos o...

Sat Jul 18, 2009 9:53 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Henry Allingham dies, ages 113yrs old....

Replies: 17

Views: 1503

Nicely done Hugh.

There is a strong movement to give the last survivor a state funeral.

That's highly likely to be Harry Patch though, as Claude Choules is now an Australian, and anyway will, in all probability, be buried and commemorated there.

Fri Jul 17, 2009 3:50 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can anyone advise on applying vinyl when wet and windy

Replies: 31

Views: 3910

The point I was trying to make was that it was unfair to say that working outdoors was "unprofessional". Often circumstances dictate that we have to work outdoors whether that's because of our own personal circumstances or because of the clients request. Sorry Phill, but I stand by my vie...

Fri Jul 17, 2009 1:43 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can anyone advise on applying vinyl when wet and windy

Replies: 31

Views: 3910

Whatever happened to 'you take the rough with the smooth'? Like I say Gwaredd, we all do it. But the theory is that by taking the rough with the smooth you must be charging the smooth customers more than necessary to help pay for the rough ones. That can't be right. Surely we want to give the smoot...

Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:22 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Electricity Suppliers & Prices

Replies: 22

Views: 2435

Phill wrote:I've just spoken to my financial director (Alison :-?) who agrees with what Neil has said and tells me we get a 50% relief on our rates. But even paying 50% of an outrageous amount is still pretty outrageous. :lol1:

And it's gonna hurt when the subsidy ends. :(

Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:15 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can anyone advise on applying vinyl when wet and windy

Replies: 31

Views: 3910

The voice of reason John. I hate that, just when I'm slowly winding up Phill. :D I know it works for you, but I've never quite understood the economics of working on-site enabling you to work over a larger geographical area. I couldn't do the wider area thing without the co-operation and working in ...

Fri Jul 17, 2009 10:02 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can anyone advise on applying vinyl when wet and windy

Replies: 31

Views: 3910

The thing is - if I go all "professional" on him and throw a hissy fit because the customer will not agree to bring the van to me - then he'll just go somewhere else and get it done. Well, you're the one that is always telling us that we should improve the quality of our customers. :D So,...

Fri Jul 17, 2009 9:13 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can anyone advise on applying vinyl when wet and windy

Replies: 31

Views: 3910

Agreeing to carry out fitting work outdoors does not make us unprofessional. In my mind it does if means that we agree to do a job on a specific day, and then don't get it done. The fact that the van might have been under six inches of snow is immaterial - we would have failed to deliver on a promi...

Fri Jul 17, 2009 6:15 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can anyone advise on applying vinyl when wet and windy

Replies: 31

Views: 3910

We have all fitted vinyl in less than perfect conditions, in fact we did some outside yesterday, but I wonder whether we should? On the one hand we like to pontificate on our professionalism, and about how much better we are than the fly-by-night cowboys and, on the other hand, we are discussing dro...

Wed Jul 15, 2009 4:48 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Electricity Suppliers & Prices

Replies: 22

Views: 2435

£800 sounds a lot for working from home John especially as I presume that, like mine, all your domestic useage is in that price.

Ours was £960 for the last quarter but, on top of my house, we've got all the workshops, fitting bay with loads of lights and electric infra-red heaters etc etc etc.

Wed Jul 15, 2009 4:38 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: diamond grade reflective

Replies: 2

Views: 451

Does it need to be Diamond Grade?

Reflexite is Home Office approved, and doesn't need edge sealing.

Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:25 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: upgrade now due, what mobile phone?

Replies: 10

Views: 793

Don't listen to Lambie. He hasn't got a clue. :D The iPhone is the only choice out there but, if you don't want a touch screen thingy, and have been happy with Sony Ericsson, then I would suggest that you'd be best to go with another one of them. I was happy enough with the Motorola flip phones and ...

Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:26 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Is this a good price and spec for a new computer?

Replies: 36

Views: 11940

I'm not trying to pick a fight here, but is a sixty two quid monitor good enough?

For general office work, yes, but for graphics?

Especially one you've got to look at all day long. :(

Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:20 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Best way to re-colour ally composite

Replies: 17

Views: 1452

Is there not painting instructions on the Alcan product info sheet for dibond. Good thinking Graeme. I. Painting Dibond Material can be easily painted by experienced and qualified professional panel painters. Any painting operation must be of the type that is cured by chemical action or by air dryi...

Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:11 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Shuttle launch in new 10-30mins

Replies: 36

Views: 3051

Phill wrote:The Shuttle is a 30 year old rust bucket.

A bit like the old Ford Capri. :D

Mon Jul 13, 2009 3:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: "Show us your".... Dog!

Replies: 187

Views: 31356

Warren Beard wrote:Looks like Donkey met horse,

You've hurt his feelings now Warren.

Dogs do have feelings you know. :D

Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:12 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Help needed with my own van design?

Replies: 7

Views: 2448

I like it too. Nice and clean.

Trafic/Vivaro would be one of the easier vans to fit that design onto, and shouldn't present any problems at all.




As a bonus, you might also get some enquiries to repair central heating. :D

Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Shuttle launch in new 10-30mins

Replies: 36

Views: 3051

Bring back the old Saturn V. :-?

Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: My Luck is changing

Replies: 3

Views: 517

Re: My Luck is changing

James Martin wrote:....and it landed on the dry side!

What are the chances, eh? :D

Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:01 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: "Show us your".... Dog!

Replies: 187

Views: 31356

Well, this is what he looks like today.

Looking a bit rough because he's losing his baby fluff, so I'm told. Another week or so and we should know what colour he's really going to be.

Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:11 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: "Show us your".... Dog!

Replies: 187

Views: 31356

No kidding. Honest :D

The name he was given at birth is Tom Thumb. Not very original, but I'm not sure I want to change it.

The photo was taken at two weeks old, and now he is ten weeks. I'll take a new piccy this weekend.

Thu Jul 09, 2009 9:42 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: "Show us your".... Dog!

Replies: 187

Views: 31356

Well, after reading all these posts about the enjoyment and fulfillment members get from their dogs, I thought I should have one.

I bought this on eBay. The owner couldn't tell me what breed it was, and it doesn't look like any of the other posted pictures.

Do you think I've been conned? :D

Thu Jul 09, 2009 6:53 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: when I'm old ... (well really old!)

Replies: 23

Views: 1635

I've got to agree with Shane on this one Gareth.

I regret not speaking more to my elderly relatives, not just for embarassing moments, but about their experiences and their lifestyles in general.

Miss the opportunity, and it's gone forever. :(

Wed Jul 08, 2009 6:25 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: when I'm old ... (well really old!)

Replies: 23

Views: 1635

Ciaran Rigney wrote:70 aint old people :)

It's all relative Ciaron. To me, seventy is old. To my dad, it isn't. :D


It varies between individuals as well. Some people are old at fifty, whilst others are still youngsters at ninety. I think age has more to do with outlook rather than the mere passing of years.
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